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Dallas - The Complete Third Season



DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
MSRP: $39.98
Number of discs: 5 (double sided)
Number of episodes: 25
Running Time: 1176 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: approx. 20 min. (not counting commentaries)
Languages and Subtitles: English; English, French & Spanish Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Commentary on two episodes by Patrick Duffy & Linda Gray; a new documentary "Who Shot J.R.?: The Dallas Phenomenon"


DALLAS fans, this is the season that sky-rocketed the series into a pure gold-mine of drama and intrigue and launched the series into the hit it was meant to be. This season began with the kidnapping of baby John and ended with what's probably the greatest cliffhanger in TV history: Who shot JR? Throughout this season, secrets are kept and lost while manipulation, backstabbing and scheming ran rampant. Everything you know and love about DALLAS is all right here on this 5-disc DVD set, which includes all 25 Season 3 episodes, plus a brand new documentary. Don't miss a moment, y'all!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This season was ripe with memorable episodes, starting with the season premiere, the two-part "Whatever Happened to Baby John?" This season we have many important episodes, including, the introduction of Kristin in "The Silent Killer," Pam's pregnancy in "Secrets," JR's dastardly secrets in "The Kristin Affair," the introduction of Dusty Farlow in "Rodeo," Miss Ellie's mastectomy in "Mastectomy, Parts 1 & 2," Gary Ewing's return in "Return Engagement," the brief return of Bobby's former flame, Jenna Wade in "Jenna's Return," Jock's trial for murder in "Jock's Trial, Parts 1 & 2," and all of it leads up to the fantastic finale, "A House Divided" in which nearly everyone is truly gunning for J.R. Ewing, leading to the shot heard around the world.

This season sees the introduction of Ted Shackelford as Gary Ewing. Joan Van Ark returns as well, to play Valene. Other guest stars this season include Jared Martin as Dusty Farlow, Francine Tacker as Jenna Wade and Mary Crosby as Kristin, Sue Ellen's sister.


The packaging is identical to the S1/S2 release (which is nice for continuity). The cover features spliced cast shots of Linda Gray and Larry Hagman pasted over the Dallas skyline. And again, the way it's laid out is similar to both the opening credits and the S1/S2 release. The overall color of the set is a nice teal color with white text. It's a slip sleeve. The inside case folds open to the discs included with the set (S1/S2 had a similar design, but this time, no episode summaries, they are in an insert inside the box). Unlike many TV DVD releases, there aren't any individual cases, which can be a plus, but it's nice to have individual cases, too.

There are five discs, which are two-sided and an overall 25 episodes are covered, as well as a bonus feature. Disc One/Side A (Episodes 30-32), Disc One/Side B (Episodes 33-35). Disc Two/Side A contains episodes 36-38; Disc Two/Side B contains Episodes 39-41. Disc 3/Side A contains episodes 42-44 while Side B contains episodes 45-47. Disc 4/Side A holds episodes 48-50 and Side B holds episodes 51-53. Disc 5 contains episode 54 as well as the new documentary "Who Shot JR?: The Dallas Phenomenon".

The discs are exactly like that of the S1/S2 release. There are no photos on the disc, only small text around the hole telling you what side the disc is. It's a very unattractive plain white color.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are very easy to navigate. There is a "Play All" feature on the main menu. The main menu is the only menu that has the Dallas theme-song looping in the background. There is an episode selection menu. If the episode has commentary, you will be able to select that as well. There is also a setup section to choose subtitles, etc. It's quite easy on the eyes and a nice menu screen (it's fairly identical to the S1/S2 release, not exactly the same, but it is close).

Video and Audio Quality:

The color is tame, not vibrant, but pure and considering how old the footage is, it's understandable. It's still a good quality video. The audio is decent, not overly low or too high. No real problems to talk about. There are chapter skips for each episode, and each episode runs about 48 minutes.

Special Features:

There is commentary by Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray on two episodes, "Sue Ellen's Choice," and "A House Divided." The only special feature included is a new documentary made called "Who Shot JR?: The Dallas Phenomenon." The special runs about 20 minutes. The special includes brand new interviews with Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, David Jacobs (Series Creator), and Charlene Tilton. A cool part is that it has actual opening credits with new images! Mostly, it's a clip fest with each actor talking about what it took to shoot the scenes, how they weren't told who would actually be the shooter, etc. It's a great feature. I don't want to spoil it all here, so go out and buy this great set!

Final Comments:

In closing, another fantastic set from Warner Brothers. The commentary is as always, wonderful to have. I'm a big fan of commentary on releases because it gives you a great insight into what actually happened during that episode and funny behind the scenes gossip. The special features on this set are bare, but the one that was included, the new documentary, is fantastic. It's put together very well and it's great to see new interviews with the cast talking about the show. Those kinds of things are always good. The packaging is simple, yet effective, and to have each and every episode uncut is a huge plus. Overall, this was yet another great release from Warner, but as always, I would love to see some bloopers, or even some original CBS promotional commercials. Other than that, a fun release and I cannot wait for Season 4 and beyond!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 08/17/05

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